Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on entrepreneurial subjects including small business, business startups, partnerships, venture capital, business turnarounds and more. Browse our summaries to find inspiration for starting your new business venture.

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    The Responsible Entrepreneur

    by Carol Sanford
    Item #: 3628
    The Responsible Entrepreneur offers four archetypes for entrepreneurs to use to learn how to grow their businesses into powerful platforms. Responsible entrepreneurs seek to transform industries and even society itself. Sanford presents a blueprint for the kind of leadership that is required.
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    Disciplined Entrepreneurship

    by Bill Aulet
    Item #: 3604
    The need for entrepreneurs will only grow. The step-by-step approach in Disciplined Entrepreneurship will allow intrepid entrepreneurs to quickly and efficiently iterate their way toward the best solutions. Whether you are a first-time or repeat entrepreneur, Bill Aulet offers the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want – and need – to buy.
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    The Pumpkin Plan

    by Mike Michalowicz
    Item #: 3506
    Inspired by an article about how to grow a giant pumpkin, Mike Michalowicz modified the step-by-step approach to grow a business. Applying it successfully to building his own company, he was able to transform it into a multimillion-dollar industry leader. Michalowicz now lays out the process for others to follow in The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field. Additional stories from other successful entrepreneurs who have followed the plan...
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    Eat People

    by Andy Kessler
    Item #: 3318
    The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game — but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? In this summary, Andy Kessler explains how the world's greatest entrepreneurs don't just start successful companies — they overturn entire industries, and he offers twelve surprising and controversial rules for these radical...
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    Reality Check

    by Guy Kawasaki
    Item #: 3104
    For a quarter of a century, Guy Kawasaki –– entrepreneur, evangelist, venture capitalist, blogger and guru –– has cast an irreverent eye on the dubious trends, sketchy theories, crackpot jargon, and outright foolishness of what so often passes for business today. Too many people frantically chase the Next Big Thing only to discover that all they’ve made is the Last Big Mistake. Reality Check is Kawasaki’s all-in-one guide for starting and operating great organizations - ones that ...
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    The Breakthrough Company

    by Keith McFarland
    Item #: FBR0408
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    A number of small businesses stay small but not always by choice. Only one tenth of 1 percent is persistent enough to break through to sales above $250 million a year. McFarland points out in The Breakthrough Company that it doesn’t take luck to make your “everyday” company “extraordinary.” Instead, for a company to make it big it takes a specific set of skills and strategies that can be used by anyone, from a startup to major company.
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    Be The Elephant

    by Steve Kaplan
    Item #: 2922
    From the author of the best selling Bag the Elephant, Kaplan shows entrepreneurs and small business owners how to grow big enough to make an impact, remain financially healthy and be smart enough to dodge the “five killer mistakes.”
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    Never Bet the Farm

    by Stephen Spinelli Jr., Anthony L. Iaquinto
    Item #: 2823
    Entrepreneur: Be prepared. Never Bet the Farm celebrates entrepreneurship in its entirety, presenting a framework that can help entrepreneurs reduce risks and simplify decision-making. It is at once both encouraging and cautionary, but neither a textbook how-to nor an inspirational tome lacking substance. “We’re living in a world with unimaginable adversity and invisible threats,” writes Iaquinto. “Why should entrepreneurs be any different from a sailor who stows a well-stocked ...
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    Small Giants

    by Bo Burlingham
    Item #: 2817
    Most books about successful businesses focus on public companies. But Inc. magazine Editor Bo Burlingham focuses on privately held companies marching to the beat of a different drum. In Small Giants, he profiles 14 of the best, including Anchor Brewing, CitiStorage, Clif Bar Inc., Righteous Babe Records, Reel Precision Manufacturing and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. Burlingham takes readers inside these companies to determine the elusive “mojo” that makes them great.
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